I’ve also been looking into the soldiers’ stories commemorated in Pewsham’s street names this week. Chippenham must have one of the largest and most unusual war memorials in the country.
A guest bench today courtesy of Twitter and Historic England, who posted recently on unusual war memorials.
This particular bench commemorates peace and was donated by the Quakers of Hastings to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
The feather on the bench represents the white feathers bestowed on the street – usually by women – to men of forces serving age who were not in uniform. It was a way of denouncing and shaming them.
Quakers are advocates of peace and many of them were conscientious objectors during WWI, a group often awarded the white feather. Many Quakers who objected yet did choose to serve in some way drove the front-line ambulances, not a job for the faint-hearted.
Ermioni looks a great place for a visit – a peninsula on the Peloponnese, thus surrounded by the sea and great views on three sides.
Thanks guys, I have bench envy!
See the video mentioned via this link. It’s well worth your time as the story is both heart warming and thought-provoking. As The Guardian says on its website:
“One in four people in Zimbabwe experiences mental health problems but there are only 13 psychiatrists in the country. To help plug the gap, Dixon Chibanda has developed a scheme to train an army of grandmothers, who offer a listening ear on park benches. The scheme challenges the stigma surrounding mental health and provides the women with company.”
Another superb find from Gardenbarbara earlier this year 🙂
Another guest bench from dear friends Steve and Lu in Totnes, who told us about the flooded bench when we visited them much earlier this year.
This bench is near the other, less soggy riverside benches featured from Totnes thus far.
Another guest bench and another new country – yippee! It’s from my regular guest benchers Steve and Lu this time, via their holiday in Sicily earlier this year.
They visited the Cava Grande del Cassibile nature reserve, near Syracuse. It sounds wonderful from this description… and looking at that bench, of course 🙂